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Ericsson CEO Talks 5G, 4G, M&A & More
LRTV Interviews | 2/25/2019

Ericsson CEO Börje Ekholm talks to Light Reading about 5G, 4G, antenna tech, the Kathrein acquisition and why The Boss is better than Duran Duran.

San Francisco WISP buys Facebook's 60GHz Terragraph equipment
News Analysis | 2/25/2019

A small wireless ISP in San Francisco signed on to use Facebook's Terragraph wireless technology running in the unlicensed 60GHz band. However, Common Networks isn't sure yet whether it will label the service as '5G.'

MWC19 Preview: 5G to the Edge, the Enterprise & Beyond
LRTV Documentaries | 2/24/2019

Light Reading editors weigh in on a few big 5G ideas and opportunities we expect to learn more about at MWC19 in Barcelona.

The Stadium 5G Use Case Remains Decidedly Unconvincing
DanoVision | 2/24/2019

The Sacramento Kings have pledged to remain on the cutting edge of the 5G technology revolution. But in a deep dive with the team's networking executives, it's became clear that 5G might really just be another drag on the bottom line of the sports franchise.

MobiledgeX Seeks to Conquer the Network Edge, From Barcelona
News Analysis | 2/24/2019

Edge computing hopeful has plenty to talk about and show off at MWC19, but will it be enough?

Life After Huawei: What BT Does Next In Its Network Core
News Analysis | 2/24/2019

The UK operator is overhauling parts of its network in preparation for the launch of 5G services.

5G in the USA: Going Mobile
News Analysis | 2/23/2019

All US operators have now laid out their mobile 5G plans for 2019 – some are even already deploying.

US Pay-TV Loses 248K Subs in Q4, Despite OTT-TV Gains
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

As the effects of cord-cutting hit distributors and programmers alike, it 'may not be an overstatement to say that the Pay TV business as we know it is beginning to unravel,' analyst Craig Moffett concludes.

Verizon Appears to Walk Back 5G Home Buildout Goal
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

Fixed wireless still viewed as a great opportunity for Verizon, but execs don't appear to be standing behind an earlier stated goal to bring its 5G Home service to 30 million homes.

Altice USA 'Reviewing' Future of Lightpath Unit
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

CEO Dexter Goei says an internal review is underway for that asset, noting later that Lightpath has become 'less core to the overall business today.'

US-China Tech War Looms at MWC Barcelona
Morris Lore | 2/22/2019

The interventions by Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich in recent days show just how much will be at stake in Barcelona next week.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: MWC 2019 Preview
LRTV Documentaries | 2/22/2019

Grizzled MWC veteran Paul Nolan joins the usual crew this week to help them mentally prepare for the Barcelona behemoth.

Eurobites: Italy Wavers on the Huawei Question
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 5G fun in Bavaria; 6G fun in Finland; IPCom's patents poke at Xiaomi; Ericsson notches up analytics win in Mexico.

WiCipedia: 'Resting Pitch Face,' Digital Leaders & the Scandal Effect
WiCipedia | 2/22/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Girl Scouts as 'digital leaders;' a hilarious new TV show about women in tech; how scandals affect the tech landscape; and more.

Telecom Italia Seeks Friends for 5G Revival
News Analysis | 2/22/2019

The Italian phone incumbent has announced a mobile partnership with Vodafone and is seeking a fixed-line tie-up with Open Fiber as it tries to slash costs while building a next-generation network.

Casa Systems buys AT&T's fixed wireless equipment supplier for $115M
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Casa is purchasing NetComm, a big equipment supplier to both NBN in Australia and AT&T in the US. The move likely signals both progress in the fixed wireless market and Casa's desire to cash in on it.

Altice USA Expects to Bring 'Major' OTT-TV Player to Set-Top Platform
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Such an integration announcement could occur in the coming months as operator eyes potential revenue-sharing models with virtual MVPDs, CEO Dexter Goei says.

US Won't Work With Countries That Use Huawei, Pompeo Warns
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says risk posed by use of Huawei in critical IT systems could cause US to curtail the colocation of American resources, including embassies and military outposts.

Will 5G Kill WiFi? Qualcomm Thinks It Just Might
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

WiFi remains a top technology for networks using unlicensed spectrum. But a new proposal from Qualcomm would create a version of 5G for deployments in unlicensed spectrum that could give WiFi a run for its money.

Arris Deal 'on Track' to Close by Mid-Year, CommScope CEO Says
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

CommScope's Eddie Edwards also sees 'more material 5G spend' to start in 2020.

Verizon's 5G Details: 30 Mobile 5G Markets in 1H19, MEC Launching This Year
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

After months of silence, Verizon finally provided some details on its mobile 5G launch: It's coming to 30 markets, it will use millimeter-wave spectrum, and it will contribute to revenues starting next year. Oh, and Verizon will introduce an edge computing platform later this year.

Vodafone Deal a 'Huge Step' for Sedona Systems
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Transport network visibility and multivendor management startup Sedona has landed a breakthrough deal with Vodafone Group, adding to its Tier 1 successes.

Europe's Telcos Less Tight-Fisted Than Yanks
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Europe is way behind in the development of 5G networks, say regional critics, but its big operators invest more of their revenues in capital expenditure than the Americans do.

Trump Tweets on 5G… & 6G
Shades of Ray | 2/21/2019

POTUS wants 5G and 6G ASAP!!

How Cable Vendors Could Profit From DAA Upgrades
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Cable network suppliers are in for a rough 2019 as MSOs remain in decision-mode, but relief is ahead as DAA deployments help infrastructure investments rise to $2B by 2023, Dell'Oro says.

MWC 2019: What's Hot in 5G RAN
LRTV Interviews | 2/21/2019

Heavy Reading's radio access network and 5G analyst supremo Gabriel Brown highlights open RAN (O-RAN) as one of the key topics he'll be digging into at this year's MWC.

Eurobites: Ericsson & VMware Get Closer on NFV
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: O2 confirms 5G timetable in UK; Telefónica, Deutsche Telekom and Orange report earnings; Telenor sells Serbian banking operation; why Russian soldiers can't have smartphones.

Mirantis Returns From Near Death With Massive AT&T Kubernetes Deal
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

After laying off half its staff, the company says it's on the comeback trail. Its AT&T Kubernetes deal is a proof point.

MWC 2019: Three 5G Trends to Watch
LRTV Interviews | 2/21/2019

Iain and Ray from Light Reading chew the MWC 5G fat and spit out three trends to watch out for in Barcelona.

Huawei's Non-Carrier Biz Fuels Growth, but for How Long?
News Analysis | 2/21/2019

The Chinese equipment giant has the enterprise and consumer divisions to thank for its recent rapid growth, but the good times might not last.

Samsung Announces First 5G Phones, Offers Few Other Details
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

But Verizon CEO says operator will be first to offer the phones in the US.

Amid 5G Buildout, AT&T Offloads More Traffic to WiFi
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Despite its efforts to build out new spectrum, densify its network and deploy 5G, AT&T is also working to add capacity to its network via an expanded WiFi offloading deal with Boingo.

Charter Preps Launch of OTT-TV Service Sans Local Broadcast, Sports Nets
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Targeted to broadband-only subs, MSO's in-footprint 'Spectrum TV Essentials' service to cost $14.99/month, feature 60+ channels, with cloud DVR in the works.

Taking Control of the Telco Transformation
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/20/2019

Digital warriors from major telcos gathered at a recent Action Week organized by the TM Forum to find out how their peers are building new IT architectures that encourage service development and innovation.

Huawei Bullish on Better Carrier Sales Growth in 2019
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Despite the current security-related concerns, the head of Huawei's carrier business group expects revenues to grow faster in 2019 than in the past two years thanks to early 5G revenues.

Virtualization Can Mine New Revenues From Gateways & Modems, Startup Says
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Israel-based Inango claims its cloud/client 'Virtual Services' platform can enable service providers to layer on and sell additional services via memory-starved, in-home devices.

White Box Doubts Keep Huawei on Outside of O-RAN Alliance
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Huawei rules out any immediate involvement in the O-RAN Alliance as it doubts the viability of white box radios.

An Inside Look at Verizon's Edge Computing Capabilities
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Verizon has hinted at its interest in edge computing, but a comprehensive look at signals from around the company point to the potential for a broad and possibly lucrative deployment of the technology by the operator.

Ban Huawei in UK, Urges 'Influential' Think Tank
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

A new report by RUSI recommends excluding the Chinese vendor from the UK's 5G market while a government review is ongoing.

Eurobites: Vodafone Vaunts 5G Breakthrough
News Analysis | 2/20/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson, Nokia toot their MWC trumpets; Orange links up with NTT on AI research and more; Russia's MTS sells stake in online portals company.

Windstream Market Cap Plummets Following Court Ruling
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

One of the nation's largest telecom carriers is stuck between a gloating hedge fund and a pile of debt.

Satellite Companies Balk at T-Mobile's $11B C-Band Proposal
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

T-Mobile issued a new proposal for how the FCC should auction off C-Band spectrum. But the satellite companies that are currently using that spectrum are having none of it.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, 6G & Smartphones
LRTV Documentaries | 2/19/2019

It wouldn't be a 2019 Telecoms.com podcast without a fair bit of chat about Huawei, so the guys look to get it out of the way first this week.

Ting Tunes Up Its TV Plan
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

'Ting TV' service is currently in a closed beta trial ahead of anticipated launch in the first half of 2019.

The No-Deal Brexit Threat to Huawei
Morris Lore | 2/19/2019

Why a no-deal Brexit that sees the UK crash out of the European Union could spell trouble for the Chinese equipment vendor.

AT&T's Kubernetes Bet Tests Network Virtualization's Limits
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

AT&T's eight-figure deal to build its 5G network on Kubernetes tests the limits of the container management technology.

Nearly 12% of Global Mobile Data to Ride 5G Networks by 2022 – Cisco Study
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

5G will also represent about 3.4% of global connections by 2022 as 4G continues to dominate but begins to taper off as 5G activity picks up.

Qualcomm's Second-Gen Chip Takes 5G to 7 Gbit/s
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Ahead of Mobile World Congress, Qualcomm announced its second-gen 5G modem and said it would start shipping in commercial devices before a similar product from Intel.

Ericsson: We Have the Clout for a Huawei Swap-Out
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Swedish vendor rebuts recent criticism that it lacks the products and resources to replace Huawei in European markets.

Some Massive MIMO Antennas Might Be a Little Too Massive
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Massive MIMO antenna technology promises to deliver big boosts in users' speeds and operators' network capacity. But early reports from the field indicate the rollout of the technology has been somewhat bumpy.

Eurobites: Huawei Will Invest More in UK Amid US Mistrust, Says Founder – Report
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Three goes cloud-native; Nokia adds transport muscle; Ericsson touts licensing deal with OPPO; Inwit boosts sales; and more.

Movandi to Extend 5G mmWave Coverage
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

Award-winning startup is developing repeaters designed to extend the reach of 5G mmWave connections in the 28GHz and 39GHz bands.

MWC 2019: Ovum on Enterprise 5G
LRTV Interviews | 2/19/2019

Alexander Harrowell, Senior Analyst at Ovum Enterprise Services, looks at the development of 5G enterprise services and the need for deeper relationships between the mobile sector and industrial verticals.

Euro 5G Test Regime Would 'Slow Innovation' – Ericsson
News Analysis | 2/19/2019

The GSMA's suggestion of a collaborative 5G test program isn't being greeted with enthusiasm in Stockholm.

Windstream Woes: Hedge Fund Prevails in Bond Fight
News Analysis | 2/18/2019

Windstream may end up owing 310M to a hedge fund if a court ruling made on Friday is allowed to stand. That could force the company into bankruptcy.

LeoSat CEO Envisions a High-Capacity, Low-Latency Backbone... in Space!
CxO Spotlight | 2/18/2019

But to get that global vision off the ground (literally), LeoSat must piece together a plan that spans technology, secures funding and cuts through a heap of regulatory red tape.

Rakuten Sets Cloud-Native 5G Template, Disrupts Japan's Status Quo
News Analysis | 2/18/2019

With its next-gen network plans, the ecommerce company threatens to have the same impact on Japan's telecom market that Reliance Jio had in India.

Eurobites: UK Set to Approve Deployment of Huawei's 5G Gear
News Analysis | 2/18/2019

Also in today's regional roundup: GSMA warns against supply chain disruption in Europe; UK mobile operators may be forced to share networks in rural areas; G+D boasts integrated mobile security chip; and more.

Altice USA Might Sell Lightpath Unit – Cowen & Co.
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Analyst firm says a deal for company's fiber-fueled business services unit could fetch as much as $4 billion, jolt stock.

Big Programmers & Studios Bring Hammer Down on Omniverse
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Lawsuit alleges that Omniverse One World Television, a company 'powering' multiple OTT-TV services, is distributing channels, TV shows and movies without authorization.

How Comcast/NBCU Is Connecting With Startups
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Working with Techstars, Comcast/NBCU is gearing up for a second Lift Labs Accelerator program that will involve up to 12 startups that could end up with partnerships with Comcast and/or NBCU.

5G4REAL: MWC19, 5G handsets and some frequency queries
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

The first 5G handsets are expected to be on display at Mobile World Congress – or even before. But 5G networks and coverage are still lacking.

WiCipedia: 'It Takes One Misstep to Fall Off Your Pedestal'
WiCipedia | 2/15/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: A startup competition for black women in tech; the challenges of getting to the top and staying there; have a dude's name to get ahead; and more.

Huawei Sets Sights on 6G Stardom Amid 5G Strife
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Amid turmoil in international equipment markets, Huawei's rotating chairman is worrying about what happens after 5G.

Cloud-Native Router Startup DriveNets Banks $110M, Takes On Cisco et al.
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Vendor already has Tier 1 traction, a founder with track record of disruption, the backing of Bessemer and has Cisco, Juniper, Huawei and Nokia in its sights.

Eurobites: MTN Uganda CEO Deported
News Analysis | 2/15/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica improves its network visibility with Ixia; Telia's Uzbek fine fallout keeps falling out; DriveNets raises $110 million.

5G4REAL: MWC19 Handset Warning
LRTV Documentaries | 2/14/2019

Let's get serious about 5G phones. They're going to be cool, gorgeous and they're mostly going to run at 4G speeds.

Ray Dolan Dons a 5G Cap at Cohere
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Former CEO of Sonus Networks has taken the CEO role at a company with an alternative take on next-generation wireless broadband.

Amazon Scuttles Planned New York H2Q
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Local political opposition proved to be too much for Amazon.

Podcast: AT&T, 5G & the Mirantis Incident
The Philter | 2/14/2019

The recently reported deal with Mirantis is another step in AT&T's network evolution as the company continues to carry the flag for open source and a software-defined 5G network.

Brightcove Buys a Streaming Rival for $15M
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Following Telstra's disastrous acquisition of Ooyala and a subsequent buyout by Ooyala's management, Brightcove has stepped in to buy Ooyala's online video platform biz.

Huawei Muscle Puts Ericsson, Nokia on 5G Back Foot in Europe – Sources
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

European vendors do not have the resources to replace Huawei if a ban should come into effect, according to service provider sources.

Ahead of 5G, Sprint Tweaks Backhaul & Spectrum Configurations
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Sprint is clearly preparing for a 5G onslaught of data on its network, with plans to pay up to $175 million to potentially switch from Ethernet to fiber backhaul and, separately, to expand its 2.5GHz signals into additional channels.

Google Fiber: A timeline of the good, the bad and the ugly
The Bauminator | 2/14/2019

Google's fiber initiative is almost exactly nine years old. Following its embarrassing setback in Louisville, here's a look back at Google Fiber's moments of hype, glory, achievement and disappointment.

Verizon, T-Mobile, Amazon Hint at CBRS 3.5GHz Ambitions
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Verizon and T-Mobile have hinted at plans to use 3.5GHz CBRS spectrum to add capacity to their services. But others, like Amazon, are hinting at broader plans to use the spectrum for IoT-style services.

Eurobites: Prosecutors Name Former BT Execs in Global Services Fraud Probe
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Brussels busy on digital commerce, copyright laws; Nokia plans AI hubs; the app that tracks Saudi women.

MWC 2019: 5G's AI Power Struggle
LRTV Interviews | 2/14/2019

5G will usher in an AI power struggle between the mobile operators and the web services giants, predicts Aditya Kaul, research director focused on artificial intelligence and robotics at Tractica.

Virtualization Is Progressing, but What About Cloud & Automation?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/14/2019

Communications service providers are about a fifth of the way towards their virtualization targets.

Google to Spend $13B on New Data Centers & Offices in US
News Analysis | 2/14/2019

Google says new construction will create capacity to hire tens of thousands of employees, and enable creation of more than 10,000 new construction jobs.

Is There a 5G Edge Advantage for Mobile Operators?
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/13/2019

Edge networking and edge cloud are closely associated with 5G. It's not an overstatement to say edge computing is inherent to 5G architecture.

Cisco: Service Provider Revenue Shrinks, Overall Revenue Grows
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

Everything's looking great, says Cisco. Let's just not talk about the service provider business.

Apple Nears Launch of Video Streaming Product Sans Netflix – Report
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

HBO's involvement reportedly 'in doubt' as Apple prepares to introduce an aggregation offering that includes Apple originals and integrated access to other OTT services.

Fourteen Takeaways From the Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Hearings
DanoVision | 2/13/2019

If you missed the three-plus hours of testimony from T-Mobile's John Legere and Sprint's Marcelo Claure on the proposed merger between their companies, here's a quick rundown of what happened (spoilers: not much).

Dish Undaunted About Wireless Plans
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

Still confident that FCC will approve its NB-IoT plan and that Dish will start to have standards-compliant gear in hand for a standalone 5G network sometime in 2020.

Dish Sheds 334K Video Subs in Q4, Rocked by HBO, Univision Blackouts
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

Sling TV adds 47K subs in period, slowed from a gain of about 160K a year earlier, but Dish says its OTT base is now 'margin-positive.'

Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst: How Open Source Stopped Being 'Scary'
CxO Spotlight | 2/13/2019

Red Hat's boss on how open source enables innovation and the cloud, disrupts IT, and might make the world better. Also: Will the IBM acquisition threaten Red Hat's unique culture?

Eurobites: Ireland's eir Plows €500M Into Fixed-Line Network
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: TIM collaborates with Corning; Tele2's Q4; prepaid mobile in developing economies; Kudelski forges IoT partnership.

Edge Computing Players Move Beyond Tower Locations
News Analysis | 2/13/2019

The edge computing sector remains in flux: Players aren't interested in locating equipment at the base of every single cell tower anymore, and some (like Vapor IO) have delayed their data center buildout plans.

AT&T Adds 2 More US Cities to 5G Plans in 2019
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

Chicago and Minneapolis down to get mmWave in 2019, as AT&T boasts speeds of 400 Mbit/s for its mobile service.

Qualcomm Quietly Exits Wireless Charging & Healthcare – on the Same Day
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

Qualcomm is getting rid of its businesses in the wireless vehicle charging sector and the mobile healthcare sector as it works to refocus on opportunities spanning the mobile, auto, IoT, networking and PC sectors.

DT's Dinner With Huawei Could Become Dog's Breakfast
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

A European backlash against Huawei could turn into the German incumbent's biggest network challenge of all time.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Europe, Huawei, O-RAN & Legere
LRTV Documentaries | 2/12/2019

Uh-oh – Brexit chat ahoy! Plus Huawei, O-RAN and John Legere.

Eurobites: Ericsson, Intel Combine on Software-Defined Infrastructure for 5G
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: US Secretary of State Pompeo pummels Huawei in Hungary; Nokia offers IoT-in-a-box; Allison Kirkby joins BT board; how to monitor your smart baby.

Amid Global Turmoil, Huawei Still Counts at Least One American Supporter
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

While Huawei faces sales bans from carriers and governments worldwide, the company still counts at least one supporter: James Valley Telecommunications. 'I'm a believer in being innocent until proven guilty,' said the CEO.

AT&T Building 5G Network on an Open Source Foundation
News Analysis | 2/12/2019

Sure, Kubernetes and OpenStack provide the platform for a continent-spanning network, but the open source process is a critical part of the equation.

Amazon to snap up Eero, claw into whole-home Wi-Fi market
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

eero battles with the likes of Google and Netgear at retail, and has made some strides in the service provider sector.

MWC 5G-Gasm Risks Missing the Big Telecom Issues
Morris Lore | 2/11/2019

Nearly upon us once again, MWC in isolation provides a distorting view of the telecom industry and its challenges.

Technicolor to Unload Research & Innovation Unit
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

Has a 'binding offer' from InterDigital for unit that has operated labs linked to data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, VR and augmented reality.

Verizon to Keep 3G Network Running for Some Enterprise Customers
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

Verizon re-affirmed that it will shut down its CDMA 3G network at the end of this year. But that shutdown won't affect a few of Verizon's enterprise customers who get to keep service for a few more years.

Why Verizon Is Seeking Grassroots Support for Its 5G Buildout
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

Verizon – one of the biggest US corporations – is asking regular people to help it build its 5G network. Why? It probably has something to do with health issues and aesthetic opposition to small cells.

MWC 2019: 5G & the Capex Question
LRTV Interviews | 2/11/2019

With 2019 set to be the year when 5G really starts to shift from slideware to the network, the head of Ovum's European telecoms team, Dario Talmesio, talks about the impact on carrier capex.

Unified Office CEO: Would You Like Extra Services With That VoIP?
CxO Spotlight | 2/11/2019

CEO Ray Pasquale isn't in the VoIP business to lower the price of phone calls. He wants to give small businesses everything they need to know – from network analytics to pizza topping preferences – on one screen.

How Sports TV Viewership Is Changing
Column | 2/11/2019

And how these changes offer fresh opportunities for video providers to engage sports fans in meaningful new ways.

When Worlds Collide: Google's VP Hire Reflects Telco & Media Convergence
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

Hiring John Honeycutt, ex-CTO of TV giant Discovery, as Google VP for telecom media and entertainment, reflects sea changes in telecoms.

Eurobites: Bharti Unit, Telkom Kenya to Merge Operations
News Analysis | 2/11/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: US sounds alarm over Huawei's empire-building in eastern Europe; Iskratel soups up FTTH on French-owned Réunion Island; rural mobile connectivity failing in the UK.

Can Cable Beat 5G?
Breznick Unbound | 2/11/2019

Cable leaders will make the case for their new 10G initiative at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver next month.

Epix Enters the Direct-to-Consumer Streaming Fray
News Analysis | 2/10/2019

New standalone OTT service from MGM-owned Epix runs $5.99 per month and doesn't require premium video offering to be attached to a pay-TV service.

Sprint Sues AT&T Over '5G E' Branding
News Analysis | 2/8/2019

Sprint sues AT&T over 5G branding, described by AT&T as an evolutionary step.

Will Trump Fan the Flames as Huawei Is Burned at the Stake?
Shades of Ray | 2/8/2019

An 'executive order' banning Chinese networking technology from US communications networks is imminent, according to Politico – such a posturing move would be bad for everyone.

Apple Could Poach 5G Modem Experts From Qualcomm, Intel in San Diego
News Analysis | 2/8/2019

Apple is reportedly planning to build its own cellular modems, including for 5G, and that effort might include hiring engineers from the likes of Qualcomm and Intel.

WiCipedia: Valley Diversity Stats, a New Social Outlet for WiT & No Fangirls Here
WiCipedia | 2/8/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Foreign-born women dominate the Valley; the government shutdown has long-lasting effects for workers; a new startup network for women; and more.

Eurobites: Germany Offers Hope to Huawei
News Analysis | 2/8/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Exponential-e offers transformation help; KPN offloads iBasis; Deutsche Telekom's upgrade rolls on; Sparkle brings connectivity for motorsports coverage.

Swiss 5G Auction Bags $380M Amid Radiation Law Gripes
News Analysis | 2/8/2019

Swiss operators cough up for new 5G spectrum amid concern that harsh laws on radiation limits could impede 5G network deployment.

T-Mobile Won't Charge a Premium for 5G
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

T-Mobile says it won't charge more for 5G plans than it does for 4G. The UnCarrier also expects its multi-mode handsets and service to arrive in the second half of 2019.

Nokia Replacing Huawei in Vodafone's German Core
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Vodafone has turned to Nokia instead of Huawei for some components used in the core of its German network, but insists the decision dates back two years and is unrelated to security issues.

T-Mobile to Test Fixed Wireless Broadband Using LTE by This Summer
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Despite initially criticizing the fixed wireless opportunity, T-Mobile now says it will test an in-home broadband service using LTE in the coming months in order to prepare for 5G and its merger with Sprint.

AT&T Inks '8-Figure' Kubernetes & OpenStack 5G Deal With Mirantis
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

The deal is a vindication for network functions virtualization (NFV), OpenStack and Mirantis, all of which have been taking reputation hits recently.

T-Mobile's New Home TV Service to Launch in First Half of 2019
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Rebranded, 'reimagined' pay-TV offering, originally expected to debut by year-end 2018, will tie into T-Mobile's home broadband plans.

Charter Might Paint Its Home Gateways & Devices 'Prpl'
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

MSO said to be giving serious consideration to open source software stack amid discussions on how to establish a degree of coexistence between Prpl and RDK-B.

Podcast: Tacos, Telcos & Trouble
The Philter | 2/7/2019

T-Mobile is giving its customers a free taco every week. Should it also give them a roll of toilet paper? Also, and completely unrelated, what if Huawei does invent a must-have device for 5G networks – and we can't buy it in the US?

Can 5G Backhaul Itself?
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

5G is only as fast as the backhaul from the tower that it's broadcasted from. But can 5G also replace the fiber backhaul connections that service those towers?

Ahead of 5G, or a RAZR Reboot, Motorola Unveils New Low-Cost 4G Phones
LRTV Documentaries | 2/7/2019

Motorola launches its new G7 family of LTE phones, priced between $199 to $299.

Eurobites: Italian Govt Denies Reports of Planned Huawei, ZTE 5G Ban
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: 'No-deal' Brexit and the right to roam like at home; more 5G testing from Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom; Ericsson targets critical communications.

Swisscom Capex to Dip as Radiation Laws Delay 5G Rollout
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

Switzerland risks falling behind other countries in 5G because of restrictive laws about radiation limits, the Swiss incumbent's annual report shows.

MWC 2019: Ovum's Key IoT Trends
LRTV Interviews | 2/7/2019

As the IoT market shifts further from proofs of concept to real deployments, Ovum's IoT expert Alexandra Rehak talks about the key IoT trends, such as new business models and data management, that she'll be discussing in Barcelona.

Verizon Doubles Down on Mobile 5G in Millimeter Wave Spectrum
News Analysis | 2/7/2019

While other operators are planning widescale coverage with mobile 5G using spectrum below 6GHz, Verizon appears to be placing a big bet on spectrum much higher than that.

NCTA CEO: Time to Break Net Neutrality's 'Infinite Loop'
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Michael Powell to testify that it's high time for Congress to step in with long-term, enforceable rules that put a stop to the pendulum swings of each new FCC.

And the 5G Winners Are… the Telcos – LR Poll
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Network service providers come out on top of a Light Reading poll that asked respondents who stands to profit most from the rollout of 5G technology.

T-Mobile's Legere Calls Dish a Spectrum Hoarder
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Dish has aims to build a national, stand-alone 5G network, but T-Mobile isn't buying it. But some analysts believe T-Mobile's attacks on Dish might tie to concerns over its ability to close its merger with Sprint.

Masergy Extends LAN Invasion With Managed WiFi Incursion
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Masergy is launching a managed WiFi service to help enterprises unify and secure WAN and LAN from a single console.

Huawei Pledges $2B to Address Security Concerns, Appease the Brits
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Addressing security concerns, including those of the UK establishment, will take up to five years and a few billion, says the president of Huawei's carrier business group, as the company fights against a Brit backlash.

Windstream Winds Up New TV Streaming Service
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Starts to roll upgraded, app-based 'Kinetic TV' offering with MobiTV as Windstream prepares to distance itself from legacy platform powered by Mediaroom.

Analyst on Why CES Left a 'Bad Taste'
LRTV Interviews | 2/6/2019

Aditya Kaul, research director focused on artificial intelligence and robotics at Tractica, returned from CES with a 'bad taste' left by an overload of gimmicks and lack of substance.

Eurobites: Germany Holds 'Huaweigate' Summit
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: MLL Telecom and CityFibre make WAN hay in Constable Country; Colt appoints new exec to pitch connectivity services to mobile operators; Spotify's Q4 figures sound better than Maroon 5.

TalkTalk's OSS Rationalization
Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes | 2/6/2019

Heavy Reading's James Crawshaw talks to the team at UK operator TalkTalk about their efforts to revamp their all-important support systems.

Turkcell Leaps to Huawei's Defense
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Turkish mobile operator describes claims against Huawei as 'uncorroborated' and says it will continue its relationship with the Chinese vendor.

VMware Buys AetherPal for Remote Device Support
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

VMware is looking to AetherPal to help telcos and enterprises manage proliferating end-devices, including PCs, mobile and ruggedized equipment in warehouses, manufacturing facilities, retail and other locations.

Turkcell Races to Network Virtualization Deadline
News Analysis | 2/6/2019

Turkcell had bold plans to virtualize 40% of its network by 2019. How's it doing?

Disney's Direct-to-Consumer Effort Isn't Coming Cheap
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Disney's DTC and international efforts see losses widen in fiscal Q1, but CEO Bob Iger calls investment a 'bet on the future of our business.'

Virgin Media, Arris Test 8-Gig Symmetrical Speeds
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Trial to involve about 50 homes will use Arris E6000 chassis outfitted with 10-Gig EPON line card and DOCSIS-based provisioning.

Super Bowl LIII Streams Draw Average Audience of 2.6M
The Bauminator | 2/5/2019

There were some hiccups, but CBS's streams of the big game, underpinned by a multi-CDN strategy, seemed to hold up well.

Ericsson Opens Largest Training Center in US for – You Guessed It – 5G
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Ericsson, the largest supplier of wireless networking equipment in the US, just opened its largest training center in the country to make sure there are enough people who know how to install its 5G equipment.

CPU Selection for uCPE Is About More Than Architecture
Column | 2/5/2019

ADVA's Prayson Pate looks at the key considerations when selecting the compute foundations for universal CPE.

Re-Ingenu: An IoT Startup Is Born Yet Again
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Can a new management team touting a bold new business plan persuade investors to give the IoT startup another chance?

Google Signals Telecom & Media Ambitions, Taps Discovery CTO to VP Spot
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Honeycutt is a 15-year veteran at Discovery; his role at Google is VP Telecom, Media & Entertainment but the specifics are mysterious.

Eurobites: Beeline Beefs Up BSS With Amdocs in Russia
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: VEON to buy remaining shares in GTH subsidiary; Zain taps Nokia's massive MIMO; Danes expel Huawei pair.

Google Doubles Capex to $25.46B, Mostly on Data Centers & Offices
News Analysis | 2/5/2019

In quarterly earnings, Alphabet says Google Cloud is doing great, but it won't provide specifics. And revenue-wise, Google is still an ad company.

MWC 2019: Ovum on the 5G Device Buzz
LRTV Interviews | 2/5/2019

Smartphone expert and Ovum senior analyst Daniel Gleeson says 5G devices, and foldable displays, will take center stage on device stands in Barcelona, but it will likely be 2020 at the earliest before Apple joins the 5G device fray.

The Telecoms.com Podcast: Huawei, Nokia & GDPR
LRTV Documentaries | 2/5/2019

Huaweigate, Nokia numbers, GDPR and much, much more. (Well, a bit more.)

Harmonic Touts Progress With Virtualized & Distributed Cable Network Deployments
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

First wave of virtualized CCAP deployments centered on small and midsized MSOs as larger cable ops begin to turn hard on distributed access architectures, CEO says.

Looking Beyond 5G Phones
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Although much of the wireless industry is focused on how 5G might be integrated into phones, some are looking beyond that opportunity to enterprise networks and autonomous cars.

Cable Next-Gen Is Calling
LRTV Documentaries | 2/4/2019

Could our Cable Next-Gen Tech event make your cable dreams come true? Or are we just being delusional? In his head, LR cable guy Alan Breznick is there already...

Who Won the Super Bowl Speed Game? It Depends on Who You Ask
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Yes, the Patriots trounced the Rams last night at the Super Bowl, but two competing network performance reports don't offer nearly that kind of clarity about which wireless network operator offered the fastest network at the event.

RCom to File for Insolvency
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

RCom once challenged for market leadership in the Indian telecom sector. Now it is seeking bankruptcy protection.

Eurobites: Altice Set to Sell Stake in Portuguese Cable Unit
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Sunrise in talks to buy Liberty Global's Swiss unit; VEON's new strategy man; more UK trouble in store for Huawei; Nokia takes its Gfast to Japan.

RJio vs. Airtel – India's Changing Dynamics
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

The fortunes of India's telco giants are in marked contrast following one of the most turbulent periods in the country's telecom history.

T-Mobile Quietly Sweetens Sprint Merger With Philanthropic Pledge
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

T-Mobile wooed regulators to approve the Sprint merger by vowing to continue to support Sprint's philanthropic 1Million Project.

Why Ericsson Is Joining the ORAN Alliance
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

The ORAN Alliance is supposed to be about ending the dominance of the big kit vendors in the radio access network. So why has the Swedish equipment giant just become a member?

Analyst Maps Verizon 5G in Sacramento, Finds 'Pretty Sparse' Coverage
News Analysis | 2/4/2019

Earl Lum of EJL Wireless Research braved 'dodgy' neighborhoods, dogs and other obstacles to map out what he believes are 99% of the cell sites for Verizon's 5G Home network in Sacramento. His most interesting finding? 10% coverage of the city.

FCC Sets Date for Next 5G Spectrum Auction
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Get ready for another round of millimeter wave as FCC plans to start the second 5G-related auction, for spectrum in the 24GHz band, on March 14.

Comcast and Apple don't have a deal (yet) for the Apple TV
The Bauminator | 2/1/2019

That seems to be among the few factual things coming out of a confusing story that conflates a bunch of things about Comcast's, Sky's & NBCU's streaming plans that aren't all totally interconnected.

Alphabet's Loon Debuts New Telecom Buzzword: 'Temporospatial SDN'
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Google sister company Loon launches new industry jargon, driven by its recent deal with Telesat to power the company's LEO satellites.

The Chilly Fingers of 5G Reality Arrive
Jonestown | 2/1/2019

AT&T and Verizon start the year by pulling back on millimeter 5G promises.

CommScope-Arris Deal Races Ahead
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Eyeing a closing by mid-year 2019, Arris shareholders have resoundingly approved the proposed $7.4 billion acquisition by CommScope.

Profitability Elusive for India's Telcos
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Despite the optimism of one of India's richest men, the country's telecom operators will struggle to generate profits anytime soon.

WiCipedia: New Networking Rules, Canada's Pay Gap & Investing in Female Founders
WiCipedia | 2/1/2019

This week in our WiC roundup: Girl Scouts tackle cybersecurity; women need to network differently than men; female-run companies are a smart investment; and more.

5G4REAL: A Tech Cold War?
LRTV Documentaries | 2/1/2019

The US charged Huawei with bank fraud, intellectual property theft and violation of sanctions against Iran. The buildout of 5G networks is a central player in this escalating tech (and economic) cold war between the US and China.

Nokia Plots Job Cuts Outside Europe
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Finnish equipment maker is trying to reduce annual costs to hit profitability targets for the 2020 fiscal year.

Eurobites: Orange Beefs Up Its Cybersecurity Offer With SecureData Acquisition
News Analysis | 2/1/2019

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Canadian fund considers KPN bid; Allot lands European Tier 1 deal; TalkTalk profit warning sends share price south.

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